Little Witch Academia takes place at Luna Nova Magical Academy (ルーナノヴァ魔法学校, Rūna Nova Mahō Gakkō), a prestigious school for young girls training to become witches. Having been inspired by a witch named Shiny Chariot, a girl named Atsuko \"Akko\" Kagari enrolls at Luna Nova Magical Academy to become a witch, but struggles due to her non-magical background. This all changes when she discovers the Shiny Rod, a powerful magic relic left behind by Chariot.
During interviews, Yoshinari said he wishes to create a second season that explores the history of characters like Diana Cavendish and Amanda O'Neill. The director also wants to create an anime spin-off series focused on the witch Shiny Chariot. He even suggested that the Night Fall (or Naito Foru) books in the anime might work as a standalone anime series. During an interview, Yoh Yoshinari stated that he and Trigger had been planning a second season for a year, with them ultimately falling through, leading to Yoshinari directing BNA: Brand New Animal.
Little Witch Academia is a fantastical coming-of-age story that combines elements of action, adventure and friendship through a magical girl setting. Featuring an entire cast of witches studying at a magic academy, the franchise draws similarities in its themes and premise to Soul Eater and Harry Potter. But its innocent nature and playful tone makes the series nostalgic of watching Saturday morning cartoons as a child.
While initially premiering as a 26-minute short film, Little Witch Academia quickly garnered much attention both in Japan and overseas for its beautiful animation, entertaining characters and colorful premise, ultimately leading it to be the franchise fans know it as today. Here's how to watch and read this charming tale filled with witches and spells.
Created by Yoh Yoshinari, Little Witch Academia follows Atsuko \"Akko\" Kagari, an optimistic and energetic teenager from a non-magical background. As a child, Akko is mesmerized by Shiny Chariot, a renowned witch whose goal of making people smile with her magic resonates deeply as Akko herself then strives to do the same.
Shiny Chariot isn't as popular or renowned nowadays, having retired years ago with her signature illusion magic being seen as \"childish\" by many. Yet, she remains Akko's role model as the protagonist enrolls in Luna Nova Magical Academy, a prestigious school for aspiring witches, hoping to spread Shiny Chariot's ideals to the world.
Akko Kagari as a child watched the witch Shiny Chariot perform a show, and from then on dreamed of becoming a witch. She enters the Luna Nova Academy, a school for witches that Shiny Chariot attended. In this new town she meets new friends and starts a new school life. At the school she has lessons on riding brooms and the wonder of magic, but Akko and her friends Lotte and Sucy keep getting wrapped up in tumultuous events.
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